European restaurant stopped from opening in Birmingham

A new restaurant serving up European cuisine in Birmingham has been blocked after concerns it would add to existing parking problems.

Gabi Rusu wanted to transform the former Wedding Centre, Erdington, which was also ZannaB property consultants, on Gravelly Lane into Cerbul De Aur.

Initially it was intended to serve alcohol up to 11pm seven days a week.

But after intervention by West Midlands Police and council licensing officers the application was amended to sell booze up until 10pm, while no bookings would be made after 9pm – although the business would remain open until 11pm.

The former ZannaB and Wedding Centre premises in Erdington.

Erdington councillors Gareth Moore, Robert Alden and Bob Beauchamp (all Conservatives), alongside a handful of residents, objected primarily over the limited number of parking spaces provided behind the business which they argued would add to existing issues on Gravelly Lane.

Other fears were expressed around potential noise nuisance when people left at closing time and possible issues around waste storage.

Addressing a Birmingham City Council sub licensing committee, Cllr Moore said the application ‘had not been thought through’ and added: “There is a substantial parking problem in this part of Gravelly Lane, I see no way this restaurant will be able to operate without exacerbating the problem.”

Prior to the hearing on Tuesday (May 1) the capacity of the restaurant had already been halved from 140 seats to 70.

The car park behind the premises was said to accommodate up to 30 vehicles.

Fighting to win permission on the applicant’s behalf Anil Bhawsar said staff would monitor the parking situation, encourage customers not to park on the road and be quiet as they were leaving.

He also stated that the licence could be changed so the business closed at 10pm.

Mr Bhawsar added: “The applicant wants to be responsible and will monitor the situation. They want to be a community business, in order for that to happen they have to be considerate towards their neighbours.

“If the neighbours aren’t happy the business will not last long.”

But councillors on the committee appeared unconvinced, especially with last-minute offers to change the operating hours.

Cllr Ian Cruise (Longbridge, Independent) said: “If I book at 9pm and it’s a three-course meal you aren’t going to be done by 10pm.”

Erdington is also subject to a council Cumulative Impact Policy, restricting new businesses selling alcohol from opening, which was also against the restaurant from the outset.

The committee ultimately refused the application ruling it was likely to cause a ‘public nuisance’.


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